To say Russell makes films on biology is sort of like saying Rodin threw some clay on a table and a few minutes later came up with a figure representative of a human. 'Light Microscope' starts out didactically (Russell was a former K-12 biology teacher) in instructing the student on proper microscope technique, then goes off into the hyperspace of lighting techniques, using light and colored filters, that make otherwise difficult-to-see phenomena visible. This film, frankly, borders on... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 3 reviews ) Topics: biology, science, volvox, hydra, amoeba
Hosted by Ubud's political leader Agung Jakarta Sulawesi Mas, Deneen here visits important sites and describes the political, religious, and economic situation on the island of Bali in the Indonesia of 1959. Topic: Agang Djakorta Sulawesi Mas
This was one of three films made in a series that explored the common theme of using paid and unpaid informants to elicit information leading to the arrest of a suspect. Here, when bikini-clad buxom bombshell Joyce Mandel (known today by her pin-up name of Alexis Love, as was determined by your AFA research team) finds she’s been burgled, she jiggles --- I mean runs --- up the stairs to heavingly --- I mean breathlessly --- call Redondo Beach's finest for assistance. They’re there so fast... Topic: academic film
'Inside Magoo' (1960) 15, prod. Steve Bosustow. The nearsighted Mr. Magoo here experiences the seven danger signals of cancer and sees his doctor, even though as a Sagittarius, he feels he is not susceptible (Cancer, get it?). Notable for acted sequences with Jim Backus, producer Stephen Bosustow, and Scopitone star Joi Lansing as the nurse. Magoo goes to gets his colon scoped! Topic: Animation
byPhysical Science Study Committee.; Educational Services, Inc.; Modern Talking Picture Service, inc.
MIT Professor John G. King performs an experiment in which light exhibits both particle and wave characteristics. He uses a very dim light source, a double slit, and a photomultiplier in such a way that less than one photon is in the apparatus at any given time. King points out that the characteristic interference pattern is pointed out by many individual photons hitting at places consistent with the interference pattern, and discusses the implications of this action. For more info on PSSC, its... Topics: pssc, physics
Observes the work of intern Karin Mack at Philadelphia Hospital, showing various duties and the way in which she deals with medical, emotional, and human problems in a large, poor, city hospital. For more on director John Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm Topic: internship
This film examines the process of holography, types of holograms, and the uses of the hologram for artistic and scientific purposes, as demonstrated by Tung H. Jeong, PhD, Lake Forest College. About the film, director Tom Smith writes: "Nobel Prize winner Dennis Gabor, holography’s inventor, saw the film after it was made and said it was the best film on the subject that he had seen. It is such a visual subject it made for a good film. I knew the 3-D quality could only be appreciated if... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
byPhysical Science Study Committee.; Modern Learning Aids
Shows the four ways that light traveling in a straight line can be bent: by diffraction, scattering, refraction, and reflection. Refraction is illustrated by underwater photography. From the PSSC Physics series. For more info on PSSC, its history, and films, visit http://www.afana.org/psscfilms.htm Topics: pssc, physics
As the weather cools in the high mountains of California, the small golden-mantled ground squirrel prepares for a winter’s hibernation. But do the clues for the cold winter ahead come from the temperature or from something internal, something in the animal itself. Eric T. Pengelley and Sally Asmundson capture pregnant females in the mountains and bring them back to the lab where they are raised in a controlled environment. Will the offspring who have never been outside, go into hibernation... Topics: academic film, squirrels
byMerle Norman Cosmetics.; Modern Talking Picture Service.
Singer Vikki Carr demonstrates the forerunner of today's phonograph, the automatic musical instrument. She explains the hidden mechanisms whereby priceless pianos are played by the 'invisible hands' of pianist Ignace Jan Paderewski and composer - pianist Edvard Grieg, repeating precisely their performance of 50 years ago. These old orchestrations duplicate sounds of entire orchestras, played by player piano, automatic banjo, and other automatic instruments. Carr sings along with some of them in... Topic: player pianos
Far more than a travelogue with pretty pictures, this little-known film won six international awards shortly after its release. 'Iran' consists of spectacular geographical and archaeological footage interspersed with "slice of life" shots, evidencing best juxtapositional editing we've ever seen. This is a buried masterpiece from the director of 'A Man and a Woman,' 'Happy New Year,' and 'And Now My Love.' Lelouch reportedly shot six miles of footage to make this film, which apparently... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews ) Topic: Persia, Petroleum, Qashqai, nomad, Islam, mosque